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November 18, 2010 Subject:
Some tips for processing
There is a small transfer problem with some of the files such that there is a lowercase rdf:description used at points. A global search and replace can fix this - for example "sed -s -i 's/rdf\:description/rdf:Description/g' BNBrdfdc*"
The records themselves are represented as blank nodes with no explicit URI so processing them can be more awkward than expected.